By Msgr. Charles Pope - The readings for this Sunday speak of God’s providence, which is often displayed in humble, hidden, and mysterious ways. While it is true that God sometimes works in overpowering ways, His more common method seems to be using the humble and even unlikely things of the created order to accomplish His goals... For us who are disciples, there are three related teachings given to us that speak of how God will make use of us and others.
By Br. Raymond La Grange, O.P., Catholic Exchange - In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explains the radical moral vision of Christianity. Quite striking is the way in which he begins this explanation. He does not commence his sermon with an abstract exposition of morality. Nor does he offer a basic description of the initial stages of the spiritual life. Instead, he begins at the end, describing the eight characteristics of the truly happy Christian.
Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, Integrated Catholic - To Speak or not to Speak—That is the Question - Dear Sister, There is a lot of noise around me—constantly. So much chatter. It seems to me that conversations in general are getting more superficial. I’m reminded of the title of one Shakespeare’s plays. It seems to fit what I am trying to say—Much Ado about Nothing. What are your thoughts?